Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta 2013

The Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta was a very nice event – again! All of the cooperating guilds and remarkable volunteers work so hard to put this show on – and this vendor really appreciates their efforts. Here are images of my setup there. Almost every person who walked by my booth touched the display of notion and cash boxes. They’re so inviting and I sense that even such pieces feel the admiration of those people. I do. I deeply appreciate the honor customers give me by admiring and taking my work home with them.

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The show was especially good for my rug shuttles and boat shuttles. Here you’ll see just some of the woods I’ve selected to become more of these important tools. I just can’t relate how wonderful it makes me feel to shape planks and blocks of woods into the fine tools I produce. All of my woods are selected by me – my hands have to feel them and my eyes have to see each board. Many times I’m able to select just due to the character of a board – and some of these boards might sit in storage for 10 years or more until it “tells me what it wants to be”. I listen.

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Some of the woods in this boat and rug shuttle run include: Quilted Maple, Mountain Laurel, Argentina Osage Orange, Cocobolo, Gaboon Ebony, Box Elder, Black & White Ebony, Pink Ivory, Verawood, Lignum Vitae, Walnut, XXXF+ Bird’s Eye Maple, Maple Burl, Bloodwood, European Olive, Mora, Ambrosia Maple, Persimmon, Lemon, Tineo, Claro Walnut, Afzelia (Ambonia) Burl, Walnut Burl, African Mahogany, Zebrawood, Black Limba, Goncolo Alves, East India Rosewood, Macassar Ebony, Bubinga, Leopardwood, Poplar, Wenge, and Sycamore.  I do regularly work with in excess of 250 exotics and of course, our wonderful domestics.

I purchase woods only from sources that will certify that the woods come from either sustainable forests or naturally felled trees.  I live and breathe here too and environmental responsibility is important.

There are many burls curing as well – some for 15 or more years – until they’re ready. Most of the time when I mount a large chunk of wood on my largest of 4 wood lathes and just stand there with a roughing chisel. Something overcomes me – it’s like someone is standing behind me guiding the chisel to shape the wood. It’s emotional. My soul listens to these messages.

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Here are some of the MANY license plates and tin signs in my wood shop. Note the Artesia plate? I granulated from AHS in ’64. Yes, I have dirt that’s not as old as I am…..

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My shop complex is extremely functional. A space 10′ x 24′ is just for hardware and tools in-progress. Here is one section of one wall where many of the machine threaded bolts are stored for easy access without getting on a ladder.

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I collect buzzards, vultures, and condors. There are hundreds! Here’s one that is waiting for his next meal on a support post of my outdoor work area.

Next week Cat and I will be going to San Antonio for her participation in the Surface Design Association Conference as a dealer. I’ll be her able helper! During our visit I hope to acquire at least a partial trailer load of new exotic woods. Such fun! Our next joint show is the Intermountain Weaver’s Conference in Durango. It’s a great show, lots of such excited and fun people, and Durango is such a neat place to visit. I’ll report on that show later.

Jim